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Ailbhe Kelly and JonathanMcGrath out of luck in the Netherlands

Updated: Tuesday, 05 Aug 2014 16:47 | Comments

Ailbhe Kelly is competing in her first senior international event at just 15
Ailbhe Kelly is competing in her first senior international event at just 15

Ireland’s Ailbhe Kelly and Jonathan McGrath missed out on medals this morning at the IPC Swimming European Championships in Eindhoven.

Kelly clocked another lifetime best in the final of the S8 400m freestyle to finish fifth overall.

Following two personal bests in the 100m backstroke yesterday, the Dubliner continued her good form as she recorded a time of five minutes 54.33 seconds.

Amalie Vinther grabbed gold in 5:17.48, with the Dutch duo of Romy Pansters and Lisa den Braber filling the minor places.

Speaking after the race, Kelly said: “I’m delighted to get another PB. My main aim was to come here and get experience and learn what it’s like to compete at senior international level, so to swim three best times has been great. I’m looking forward to the rest of my races this week.”

Jonathan McGrath came sixth in the final of the S8 400m freestyle.

The Limerick swimmer finished almost 29 seconds adrift of gold medallist Ollie Hynd, who registered a winning time of 4:31.66 to see off Russia’s Denis Tarasov and British team-mate Jose Craig. 

Ellen Keane will contest the finals of both the SB9 100m breaststroke and S9 100m freestyle on Wednesday.

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